At the law offices of Patricia A. Bennett, Esq., we also assist with Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications. We help from initial application to approval. We also handle all problems that might arise during the application process. Several documents must be provided to Social Services in order to qualify for Medicaid benefits, including but not limited to birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, Medicare and insurance cards and documentation as to premium amounts paid, life insurance documentation should there be cash surrender values, deeds to real estate, titles to vehicles and documentation as to assets owned by the applicant and/or his/her spouse for sixty (60) months prior. As an attorney acting on behalf of an individual, the fees paid for this application are deductible from the funds allowable to be spent down in order for an individual to qualify for Medicaid; however, if a loved one performs this functions, he or she cannot charge such fees. Therefore, it is more economical and time-effective for an attorney to perform this function than for a relative or friend to use up so much of his/her time in such endeavor.